Welcome to Room 104!
Home of the ''Bodacious Bulldogs''
Mrs. Melanie Hirsch
First Grade Teacher
Lincoln Elementary School, Emmaus, Pa.
"Education is the guardian genius of democracy.
It is the only dictator that free men recognize,
and the only ruler that free men require."
-- Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, 19th century American statesman
It's 2016-2017 Back-To-School Time!
Welcome to my first grade classroom! I'm so excited to be your teacher this year, and I can't wait to learn all sorts of cool things from you! I hope you've enjoyed your summer, and I want you to have fun in the remaining days of summer...
I've been very busy arranging and decorating our classroom, and I am anxious to share our Classroom Theme this year! I want to surprise you, but I can say, "It's absolutely wild!"
If you're like me, you and your moms, dads or grandparents are probably curious about what you should bring to school on your FIRST day of FIRST grade.
Here is a list I hope you find useful. THANK YOU! *
- One bookbag or backpack. No wheels, please. (If you already bought one with wheels, we can make it work!)
- One rectangular plastic pencil box with a cover that opens like the trunk of a car. (You can often find inexpensive ones at Walmart or office supply stores.) Parents or grandparents, please write your child's first and last name on the top of the pencil box in permanent marker. Thanks!
- At least 4 JUMBO glue sticks.
- Two boxes of facial tissues for runny noses. :)
- Two bottles of hand sanitizer that will help stock our classroom and help keep us healthy this year!
- At least 4 sharpened standard yellow Number 2 pencils. (No lead pencils, please, as they mark up the floors.)
- One oversized T-shirt to cover your clothes when we do an art project. Mom and dad's old shirts work well. Parents, please label the tag of your child's shirt with your initials in permanent marker.
- One box of Ziplock sandwich baggies
- One box of sharpened Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils.
* If for any reason you cannot provide supplies for your child, I understand completely! We've all had times in our lives when our schedules or our pocketbooks don't have room for school supplies. As a mom, I understand that times are tough and budgets are tight. If you find yourself unable or out of time to provide supplies, just jot me an email or a note and I would happily (and discretely) supply those supplies for your child, no questions asked.
Optional Supplies if your Time Allows (No Pressure!)
1. Clorox Wipes or other sanitizing wipes in the interest of keeping our classroom clean and germ-free.
2. Strong paper towels. You'd be surprised by how many paper towels we go through each week!
3. Extra facial tissues
4. Hand dish soap for when I clean paint cups and other classroom supplies.
2016-2017 Special Classes:
Day 1 - Art
Day 2 - Music
Day 3 - Gym, or physical education (Please make sure your child has sneakers, please. Thanks!)
Day 4 - No special classes
Day 5 - Library (Please make sure your child brings in his or her library book he or she borrowed the previous week. Thanks!)
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that every child is blessed with unique talents and gifts that enrich his life as well as the educational "community" where he or she learns. Every child brings something extremely valuable to the classroom as a whole, and every child is valued as both a learner and a teacher. Children learn best when they feel safe, valued, affirmed - in short, loved. The boys and girls know that empathy and accepting differences are core values in Room 104. In our learning community, our lessons, instructional goals - even our homework - are tailored to our individual talents, gifts, learning styles and learning needs. Our classroom is also a place where it's OK to make mistakes, because mistakes are valuable teachers. Finally, Room 104 is an active room where hands-on learning - with experiments, math tools, games, and outdoor excursions - are regular part of our lessons.
Contact Information: Mrs. Melanie Hirsch, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-965-1636, extension 36104
Melanie Hirsch; email@example.com; 610-965-1636, extension 36104
I welcome your input, ideas and feedback!
Upcoming important dates:
August 29 - First Day of School!
September 2 - No School
September 5 - No School
September 23 - Elementary Dismissal at 1 p.m.
- Practice working with odd and even numbers with this game: "Even Steven" math game with odd and even numbers
Language Arts Ideas:
- Read a book with your child and practice writing the main idea and details of the story using this worksheet: Main Idea and Details Web
"It's fun to learn at home with your family," my English Bulldog, Ella Rose, says.
Important information for readers:
Special Classes: Stay tuned for news of our special classes such as art, music, gym, and library